by Ali Berman
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Actress Emily Deschanel opened up to the Ladies Home Journal about the pressures of Hollywood and the fact that people still judge her for maintaining her vegan diet during pregnancy.

The Bones actress and devoted animal activist said about the unsolicited advice on her diet, “Saying no to meat makes me feel stronger inside; I feel aligned with my morals and ethics. I still have to defend myself because people don’t understand it. As a pregnant woman especially, people will say to me, ‘You must eat meat and dairy.’ You really have to tap into your self-esteem whenever people try to convince you you’re making the wrong choice.”

Perhaps those people haven’t read that the American Dietetic Association says that a vegan diet can be perfectly healthy through all stages of life, including pregnancy.

Deschanel started her journey to veganism twenty years ago after seeing the documentary ‘Diet for a New America.’ As the star and a producer on ‘Bones,’ she’s even helped to highlight various animal issues like factory farming and dog fighting through storylines on the show.

Via Vegetarian Star

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • stephanie

    At least ONE celebrity Mom isn’t a wishy washy jerk. THANK YOU!!!

    • V Betty Sceptikal

      well said!

  • georgina

    That is great and good for her for sticking to her beliefs during her pregnancy! Nobody should have to defend such personal choices. She is feeding her body with the best food out there, it is not like she is surviving on junk food for crying out loud.

  • Karina

    Emily Deschanel is one of the few celebrities who actually deserve to be stars and loved.

    • V Betty Sceptikal

      agreed; someone with real values…

      • J

        hey you can have real values and eat and use animal products every minute of the day.